Wildcats Secure Second Straight Conference Series Win, Beat Baylor 10-4


GAME RECAP

4

10

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BAYLOR
BEARS
18-22 (5-10 Big 12)

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K-STATE
WILDCATS
18-22 (5-10 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BU 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 10 1
KST 0 1 5 0 0 4 0 0 X 10 13 1
W: Fischer (2-3) L: Hill (1-3) S: ---
  • Time of Game: 3:18
  • First Pitch: 12:04 pm
  • Temperature: 79 F
  • Wind: S 20-25
  • Attendance: 2,331


MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State pounded eight extra-base hits, including home runs by Josh Rolette and Steve Serratore, and finished with 13 total hits to help starting pitcher Corey Fischer earn his first win since Opening Day as the Wildcats beat Baylor, 10-4, on a windy Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium.

The win by the Wildcats (18-22, 5-10 Big 12) secured their second straight conference series win after taking two-of-three at West Virginia last weekend. It is the first time K-State has won consecutive Big 12 series since 2013.

K-State, which rapped double-digit hits in every game of the series and hit .374 for the weekend, overcame an early 2-0 deficit by scoring five runs in the third. The Wildcats opened the frame against Baylor starting pitcher Kyle Hill with three straight doubles from Rolette, Jake Scudder and Tyler Moore followed by a two-run triple by Quintin Crandall. 

“The middle of our order was really good today,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill as the No. 3-6 hitters (Rolette, Scudder, Moore and Serratore) combined to go 9-for-18. “Then Quintin Crandall (hitting .429 over the last six games) is starting to come on for us at the bottom of the order, giving us some big at-bats.”

The Wildcats had their 6-2 lead cut in half with back-to-back home runs by Baylor (18-22, 5-10 Big 12) in the sixth, but K-State used a solo homer by Rolette and three-run, opposite-field shot by Serratore in the bottom of the inning to make it 10-4.

While the offense out-hit Baylor 13-10, Fischer led the pitching staff by throwing five innings and surrendering just two runs on five hits and two walks on an afternoon with the south wind gusting over 30 mph . The victory for the senior was his second of the season while he also kept his conference-only ERA to 2.66 in five starts.

On the back end, Nick Jones turned in his sixth straight scoreless appearance by finishing out the sixth and getting two outs in the seventh. Jordan Floyd, meanwhile, surrendered just one hit in his 2 1/3 innings to close the game.

“I like to talk about our bats, but I have to give credit to our pitchers for only allowing four runs today,” said Hill. “(Fischer, Jones and Floyd) were outstanding today to hold the score down. (Baylor) has some strong guys in its lineup.”

Hill took the loss for the Bears, yielding six runs on seven hits and three walks over 2 1/3 innings. A Josh Ethier RBI double in the second plated the Wildcats' first run before K-State took the lead with its five runs in the third inning. Clayton Dalrymple finished out the scoring with a sacrifice fly off Andrew McInvale to drive in Crandall.

Logan Wiley allowed consecutive home runs by Matt Menard and T.J. Raguse in the sixth, but the Wildcats answered quickly with the four runs via homers by Rolette and Serratore. The roundtripper for Rolette was his fourth of the season, third in in conference play, while Serratore notched his first home run since March 4.

K-State finished with four home runs in the series while Baylor had five. The Wildcats’ 22 homers this season are already their most in a campaign since 2013.

K-State now enters a stretch of six straight non-conference games, starting with a Tuesday matchup at Wichita State. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.


NOTES
The last time K-State won back-to-back Big 12 series was when it captured four straight to end the 2013 season.

The Wildcats have won three straight series against Baylor, a first in the all-time series. K-State has now won four of the last six series against the Bears at home.

K-State’s .374 batting average for the entire set was its second-highest in a three-game series this season (.411 vs. UAPB). It was also Wildcats’ highest batting average in a Big 12 series since hitting .417 against Texas Tech in 2013.

K-State has scored double-digit runs in 10 games this season, eight of which have been at home. The Wildcats, who are averaging 6.6 runs per home game, are 14-1 this season when they score six or more runs.

The win moved the Wildcats into a tie with Baylor for seventh in the Big 12 standings. K-State has three conference series remaining: at Oklahoma (May 6-8), vs. KU (May 13-15) and at TCU (May 19-21).